Borussia Monchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl says there has been no contact from Arsenal for Granit Xhaka and adds they have no intention of selling him, Tuttomercatoweb report.
The rumour mill has been going into overdrive in the past few days after Xhaka joked he had already discussed taking Francis Coquelin’s Arsenal shirt number in an interview with Torfabrik.
Whether this was simply a translation gone wrong or a genuine conversation between Xhaka and Coquelin remains to be seen, either way it has sparked plenty of speculation over a potential move.
Eberl, however, claims there has been no contact from the Gunners for the Swiss midfielder.
"Xhaka to Arsenal? There is no deal, no offer on paper and there has never been any contact with the Gunners. Granit wants to stay with us and for our part we do not want to lose him," he was quoted as saying by TMW.
Xhaka, 23, has been a mainstay in Monchengladbach’s midfield this season as impresses a number of Bundesliga observers and supporters with a string of fine performances.
The talented midfielder is very much defensive-minded, averaging 2.3 tackles, 3.1 interceptions and 3.2 aerial duels won per league encounter as his side climb up the table following a poor start.
Many Premier League pundits feel Arsenal are one top class holding midfielder away from winning the title this season, and there is little doubt that a player of Xhaka’s ability would be a welcome addition.
However, the German side seemingly aren’t keen on the idea of selling and with a genuine shot of another top four spot this season they will be desperate to hold on to their top players.